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Spottail shiners are the go-to baitfish for many Minnesota walleye anglers from the fishing opener through late May into early June, but supplies have been tight this spring.
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Complicating the shortage is a Minnesota DNR requirement that minnow dealers who trap spottail shiners in waters designated as infested with zebra mussels must remove their gear by Monday, May 23.
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The action last Saturday was fair – no surprise, considering the weather – but it was good enough to keep things interesting.
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Since 1983, students from UMC have planted more than 206,000 trees under a partnership with the U.S. Forest Service.

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Enforcement action on Upper Red Lake included angling with no license in possession, multiple overlimits of walleyes and failure to display current registration on watercraft.
“Policies or actions that reduce or limit sportsmen activities necessarily implicate wildlife conservation programs by affecting state agencies’ revenue,” the senators wrote in a letter to the federal agency.
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For me, the walleye has a mystique I find difficult to explain. The appearance is definitely part of it. Walleyes are beautiful fish, and their color varies depending on where you catch them.
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They call it the Minnesota “fishing opener,” but everyone knows the day is really about the walleye.
Upper Red Lake and Lower Red Lake also were ice-free Tuesday, according to satellite imagery and DNR reports.
Lake of the Woods has risen by 25 inches since early April, the Lake of the Woods Control Board said.

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Burning restrictions are now in effect for Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Otter Tail, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Roseau, Stevens and Wadena counties.
As the weather got better later in the week, so did the sturgeon fishing on the Rainy River.
Do you have a fishing or hunting photo you’d like to share with Herald readers? Email it to Brad Dokken at bdokken@gfherald.com.

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